Tourism in the Middle East: Continuity, Change and Transformation - Tourism and Cultural Change (Paperback)
  • Tourism in the Middle East: Continuity, Change and Transformation - Tourism and Cultural Change (Paperback)

Tourism in the Middle East: Continuity, Change and Transformation - Tourism and Cultural Change (Paperback)

Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 10/11/2006
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This edited volume on tourism in the Middle East embodies a multi-discursive approach to the study of tourism in the region offering not only different perspectives but qualifying local knowledge and realities. The book re-examines the discourse of tourism within geopolitical contemporary regional realities. The book re-conceptualizes tourism as a discourse linked to heritage and identity construction, national and global economies, and development of local communities. Alternatively, a new discursive approach to the understanding of tourism emerges out of invigorating and stimulating latent regional realities and the social histories of various towns, villages, and cultural landscapes within the contested and politically-charged region of the Middle East. The book investigates issues of national identity, authenticity, definition of heritage, representation of cultures and regions, community & tourism development, urban tourism, heritage conservation & tourism, and tourism related investments through a new vision for the region that transcends current geopolitics or national and formal historiographies.

Publisher: Channel View Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781845410506
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 18 mm


This collection is the first really penetrating analysis of tourism in the contemporary Middle East. It covers a variety of appropriate topics, including investment, post-colonialism, neo-colonialism, gentrification, stratification, exploitation, representation, and virtual tourism, in chapters written by a range of Middle Eastern, European and American authorities. However, it is the leadership and guidance of the editor Rami Daher, a well-known Jordanian architect, academic and hands on critical public intellectual that gives the book its thrust. Daher does not hold back in his critical analyses of international and national power relations in Middle Eastern tourism developments, strongly motivated by his respect of the creativity of all classes and historical periods, whether they are popular tourism targets or not, all underpinned by his own love for the people of Jordan and Palestine. This is absolutely the most important book on tourism and the Middle East ever written to date.

* Nelson Graburn, a professor of Anthropology, University of California - Berkeley. *

This edited volume provides an important new collection of papers concerning tourism in a region which contains a unique blend of a cultural heritage that is perceived as truly international and a group of recently created states that are still creating images that seek to incorporate this heritage while introducing modernity. At times it seems as if more recent popular culture is forgotten in this process. Combined with those tensions is a highly politically charged situation and, in many of the countries, a need to generate hard currency and employment. Tourism in the Middle East is also an excellent example of relationships between the developing and developed worlds, affecting not only economics but unequal relationships and the commodification of culture. It is therefore surprising that there has not been more previous academic interest covering this topic in the Middle East and the wide variety of papers in this volume makes a timely contribution to filling this gap.

* Bill Finlayson is the Director of the Council of British Research in the Levant in Amman, Jordan. *

The title is useful for students and researchers who are interested to work on the Middle East especially because of the detailed reference list in each chapter. It is handy for the entrepreneurs and practitioners too who can pick up examples and ideas like the reinvention of soap factory 'SAIDA' in Jordan (p. 20). The notes at the end of the chapters are helpful and well conceived which make the otherwise difficult reading, and understanding, easy. The images that have been given are sharp, clear and definitely an asset to the title.

-- Syed Ahmad Rizwan, Centre for Tourism Research and Development, Lucknow, India in Tourism Recreation Research Vol. 37, No. 3, 2012

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